this was the man he believes left him with so many physical and emotional scars? >> you're telling me in 1995 -- >> no, i was in the hospital and had gotten repeatedly by you, so i don't think that was a very good time to be asking a 5-year-old questions like that. >> this is either a revictimization of the victim or potentially a cathartic healing experience. >> reporter: b.j. bernstein is a lawyer closely following this trial. >> there is something powerful about a victim being able to stand up and say, you do it. >> what's really empowering for someone is to look that person to eye and know that they, in a safe place, to be able to say, you know, you killed my mother, you stabbed me. these things happened to me.